La Drôme belongs to the Rhône Alpes region, but although it is not officially part of the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region (PACA) in an administrative sense, it certainly has all the characteristic features of a Provençal departement.
In fact the southern third of the department is referred to as La Drôme Provençale.
Although the geography of La Drôme provençale is imaginary, and its exact borders to not exist officially, it is in any Vinsobrescase an area on the border between Dauphiné and Provence, but with a clear preference for the South.
It is the gateway to Provence, the link between north and south...
This is where the weather changes, where the sun replaces the rain, and clouds give way to a clear blue sky.
This is where lavender and cicadas start to appear.
Everything about this area evokes Provence, starting with the local produce: black olives from Nyons and nougats from Montélimar, lime-blossom tea from Baronnies, truffles, Picodons and Foujou goat’s cheese...
There is nothing nordic about the nectar of the gods harvested here. The wines of the Drôme have a good reputation: AOC "Côtes du Rhône" (Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage), "Côtes du Rhône village" from Rochegude, Rousset les vignes, Saint Pantaléon les vignes and Vinsobres.
While the natural environment in Drôme provençale is bountiful, the area’s cultural heritage is also of great interest.
There are many medieval sites bearing witness to a turbulent past marked by battles between local lords, and then by the greligious wars.
No doubt about it, here in Drôme Provençale, you are in “Le Midi”.
The climate is Mediterranean, the sky is blue and the light is exceptional. The lavender fields and vines are in place, stretching as far as the eye can see.
Every week the markets take place with theirAulan sing-song accents, colours and fragrances.
In the old villages full of charm with their stone houses and brightly coloured shutters, everybody meets up in the village square to say hello while fetching the bread.
The café terraces are shaded by plane trees, there is pastis, olives, red wine and cool rosé, pétanque ... all the clichés you see in postcards, but they are all part of everyday life in these villages, proving that the relaxed rhythm of life is still in existence and thriving.
Without doubt this is one of the trademarks of life in the South, Provence and Drôme provençale.